March 11, 2010 | 12:15 pm
Posted by David A. Lehrer
An often heard complaint about the broadcast media is that important subjects are dealt with in a cursory and superficial way. Profound subjects are packaged in 90 second segments and the various advocates of differing positions are given a few precious seconds to make what are often complex and nuanced arguments.
If you are tired of media superficiality, you have a chance to participate in one answer to the problem—our Critical Issues Seminars.
Next Wednesday, March 17th, we are hosting, in partnership with NPR station KPCC and the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, a 90 minute panel on Combating Terror in the Skies—Balancing Privacy and Security.
The distinguished panel includes University of California, Irvine Law School dean and noted constitutional scholar, Erwin Chemerinsky, former Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security and counsel of the National Security Agency, Stewart A. Baker, and Prof. Erroll Southers, President Obama’s choice as Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security. The program will be moderated by Airtalk’s award-winning host, Larry Mantle.
The program takes place next Wednesday, March 17th at 7:00PM at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy in Little Tokyo (111 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles). Refreshments will be served.
This will be a full-bodied exploration of a complex and challenging issue with ramifications in areas as diverse as racial profiling, security, terror and constitutional rights. You will have the opportunity to pose questions to the panel.
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